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January 14th, 2009
Gypsy Moon to perform at San Marcos library

STAFF REPORT

Gypsy Moon, featuring San Marcos guitarists Ray and Linda Sriro, will perform its twist on Gypsy Swing at the San Marcos Public Library on Jan. 20 from 7-8 p.m.

Gypsy Moon is putting on its show in advance of its annual appearance at the Django Reinhardt Festival in Fort Worth, to be held Jan 23-25.

Ray and Linda Sriro have entertained San Marcos audiences for more than 20 years. They found in Gypsy Swing a vehicle for their diverse styles. Linda Sriro has performed with the Wimberley Players, the San Marcos Performing Arts and in her Andrews Sisters-style trio, Destination. Ray Sriro is known for his dexterity on the guitar.

Both began playing guitar at the age of 14, then began exploring jazz and swing standards when they met. Before they re-united their performances in Gypsy Moon, Linda Sriro drifted away from the guitar to expand herself as a vocalist, working in blues, jazz and musical theater.

Known for his performances in Paris during the 1930s, Reinhardt is acclaimed in some corners as the greatest jazz guitarist of all time after he fused Gypsy virtuosity with American jazz to form a sub genre that came to be known as Manouche, or Gypsy swing.

Reinhardt died in 1953, but he created a musical tradition that lasts to this day. Though his style of guitar work isn’t well known in the United States, it is gaining popularity with classical and jazz musicians because of their similarity in style.

Ray and Linda Sriro fell in love with the music and have worked to bring exposure to the little known style of guitar. They are fast becoming popular with wedding planners and restaurants, as well as private functions.

Those wanting booking information for Gypsy Moon should call (512) 396-7171 or check http://myspace.com\gypsymoonmusic/.

For info on Django Reinhardt Festival ’09 at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth, go to www.artsfifthavenue.com.

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